Chris Swenson, Advocate & Executive Director of Family Safety Network in Cass County
Chris began advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence in 1997 when she participated in a Volunteer Advocate Training session and started volunteering with Headwaters Intervention Center in Hubbard County. Chris’ passion for helping victims came out of learning that a life-long friend was married to an abuser and her friend had suffered unimaginable violence. Chris was determined to learn all she could to better support her friend. Chris was hired at FSN in March of 2000 and by November that year became the Executive Director.
Vosiney Wiley Smith, Advocate, Breaking Free, Twin Cities
Vosiney was forced to prostitute herself at the age of 16 to provide for her sick mother and her siblings. Despite this trauma, she was able to graduate from high school on time. In 1996, Vosiney found Breaking Free, an organization helping women flee sexual exploitation and violence. She found help with their programming and then became staff. She is currently enrolled at MCTC in the drug and addiction counselor program.
Pat Sauter, Attorney, Bassford Remele
Pat is a litigation attorney with Bassford Remele in Minneapolis. In addition to private practice of law, Pat is actively involved in pro bono work. For years he was involved with Legal Advice Clinics (a/k/a Volunteer Lawyers Network) and served on the LAC Board. More recently, he has devoted substantial time to the Tubman – Chrysalis Center Pro Bono Safety Project for victims of domestic violence and, in 2014, was awarded the Tubman Safety Project Attorney of the Year.